Friday, February 3, 2012

Toasts | dedication to Auntie Wynnie, ii

This post is dedicated to 九姑媽, my Auntie Wynnie. Around the same time last year, I've spoken very highly of her in my introductory "About Me" post as the woman who knew I was a lover of food before I did! As always, I'd like to thank her for always being there for me and for always encouraging me to believe in myself and to pursue what means the most to me -- Four Tines wouldn't be what it is today (or exist, in fact) without her.

The "family girls" (Auntie Cynthia, Auntie Wynnie, my mom, me, and Renee) enjoying a night out at my "old" favorite restaurant, fresh., in Tribeca (sadly closed now), March 2008.

Perhaps you'll remember my dedication to her last year included a recited poem of ee cummings, "i carry your heart with me," so I wanted to do something a little different here. At her memorial service, my cousins, Terry (her son) and Sara (her niece), and I performed our own rendition of The Everly Brother's hit, "Let It Be Me," as it had a special significance for her and her husband, my Uncle Alan.

The beautiful words written by the soulful duo always tug at my heartstrings and make me think of her, so here's to you, Auntie Wynnie, whose heart I'll carry with me always, whose love gave me the courage to get through so many hardships, whose kindness always showed that family didn't end at the bloodline. I see your spirit every day when I hear someone laughing and smiling (and when I'm eating and enjoying a wonderful meal), and I'll be sure to have some extra scoops of ice cream for you tonight (and any night I decide to sneak a bowl of ice cream in before bed :P). Missing you very much as always.

I bless the day I found you,
I want to stay around you,
And so I beg you, let it be me --

Don't take this heaven from one --
If you must cling to someone,
Now and forever, let it be me --

Each time we meet love,
I find complete love,
Without your sweet love what would life be --

So never leave me lonely,
Tell me you love me only,
And that you'll always let it be me . . .

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